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Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 3: Modern “T” Block}

Reposting original post (JUL 2014)

In May, I taught a Modern Block class at Spoonflower. I promised folks that I would share the designs/patterns of each blocks of my sampler quilt.

Spoonflower_Class1_Blocks

As promised, here is the first one – the modern “T” block. Finished size is 12″.
T_Block

Planning your Block

This block is actually a repeated pattern (the whole repeat blocks are marked in blue below). You can chain piece the block pieces or you can make it using paper piecing.  Start by planning your block, color in the pieces so you know where pieces go. I have included a template you can color here.

Note: This is considered a challenging block due to the small pieces – to give you an idea the sashing is 1/2″, the small square is 1″.

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Method 1: Piecing

Cutting Instructions

Below are cutting instructions for the pieces. I have mapped these instructions with the colors in the T Block photo above.

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)  Fat Eighth
  • 4 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 6 1.5” x 3”
  • 7 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 5 1.5” x 1.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 5 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 5 1.5” x 3”
  • 6 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric D (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 6 1.5” x 1.5”
Fabric E (White Sashing) Fat eighth
  • 8 1” strips (~20 inches long)

Making your Block
TBlock_Order

  1. I chain piece all my small colored pieces to the white sashing strips. The white sashing will be pieces 2, 3, 4, 6, 8b and 9.
  2. Start with all the 1 pieces and sew them to a strip of white sashing (#2). Trim all the pieces so that you now have 1+2 combined. Press seams open.
  3. Now chain piece on the other side another white strip to the 1+2 pieces. Trim all the pieces, and now you have 1+2+3 combined. Press seams open.
  4. Now chain piece 1+2+3 to another white strip (#4). Trim to create 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  5. Add #5 pieces to 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  6. Chain piece 1+2+3+4+5 to a white strip (#6). Trim and press seams.
  7. Add #7 to the 1+2+3+4+5+6.
  8. Chain piece 8a to a white strip (#8b). Trim and press seams.
  9. Sew 8a+8b to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 block. Press seams.
  10. Finally, chain piece 1-9 block to a white strip (#9). Trim and press seams
  11. Repeat 8 times for the whole block repeats (the sections marked above with blue lines).
  12. At this point, use a design board. Layout your whole blocks. Take the other remaining pieces and lay them out. For the remaining pieces, you can sew each of the pieces one by one, using the same system as a whole block above, sewing just the relevant pieces.
  13. Once all pieces /repeats are sewn, join pieces of each column (i.e. piece going down instead of the typical rows across).
  14. When piecing the 4 columns together, use a lot of pins. I recommend lining up all the colored pieces to ensure alignment is accurate.

Method 2: Paper Piecing

This is not an instruction for paper-piecing, I am assuming you know. The template for the repeat block can be found here. Here are some instructions:

  • Print template at 100%
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down around the A, B and C sections
  • Once you finish paper piecing each section; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Join sections in the order A–>B; AB–>C
  • Once the ABC block is complete make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Follow the above steps 13-14 in method 1 ( to join the blocks down each column and then joining column to column.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

 

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Can-Can Girls & the Rainbow Chorus Line: Giveaway

It could be a headliner for a show but no its even better ;-). I finished one of my WiPs from Wednesday. The Rainbow Can-Can girls, which is my contribution to Laura’s (@littleandlots) sisterhood of the traveling quilt. Rainbow Chorus Line Here’s a close up of Miss Red…I love her shoes!! Miss Red
I think Miss Blue is my favorite as that catches your eye first but if you look a little longer then I also love Miss Green and Miss Orange. Best news though, I know Laura loves them already!! I hope that also excuses me (at least a little) for being 6 weeks late. Even more reason to celebrate the finish by linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.

Details

Pattern: Juliet @ Tartankiwi (available at her pattern store is here)

Fabric: Dress and Plume are made out of Alison Glass and Tula Pink fabrics ( who knew how well they compliment each other, right!!),
Skin: Kona Peony Hair: Kona Cappuccino, Kona Mocha and Kona Chocolate.
Shoes: Kona Purple, Kona Nautical, Kona Pickle, Kona Mustard, Kona  Torch, Kona Tomato. Background: Cotton + Steel (Netorious, XOXO, Dottie), Alison Glass Sun Print Text, Lizzie House mini pearl bracelets + Moda Sweetwater Lucy Crabshack Numbers (I think??)

Size: Total for the Rainbow Chorus line = 60″ x 15″ each block 10 X 15″  finish Estimated time: 4.5 – 5 hrs per block

This pattern has various sized blocks so you can also build a chorus line vanishing off in the distance. Obviously (as seen above), it also has a left and right facing girl for each size. Juliet is truly gifted in her pattern making and makes it so easy for the person making it. Great news, Juliet has also offered to provide one copy of her pattern as a giveaway.

Giveaway!!

One full pattern of “A Chorus Line” Pattern by Juliet @ Tartankiwi + I will throw in some scraps of the fabric I used in my Rainbow chorus line – oh yes, some Tula Pink and Alison Glass. All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know what your favorite Paper Piecing Pattern is from Juliet’s store. If you follow me, you can leave a second comment. I will randomly choose a winner @ 10 pm Friday August 14th.

UPDATE: The lucky winner of this pattern is #7 Catriona. I will email you shortly.

Awkward Paper Piecing Angles??

I love paper piecing and have been doing a lot lately. Previously, I blogged about some useful tips and lessons learned when paper-piecing. I have another tip, for those awkward angles.

You know those angles that the fabric starts off not in line with the shape you want to cover, at all. The one you can just cut a really big piece of fabric to make sure it folds over and covers the whole piece.

What about trying these few steps to make it easier.

1. Place fabric covering the shape you are piecing. In the photo I have the fabric, right side facing down and the paper template facing up.
Positioning_fabric

2. Fold  the template and fabric carefully, along the line of the paper template that you will be stitching on. Press with an iron.
Folding_fabric

3. You will now have a crease in your fabric.
Fold_Pressed

4.  Use that crease to line up your fabric with the template, readying it to stitch along the line. Note the fabric in the picture is now right side facing up, and is positioned in that awkward position. Hold in place (you can use pins or glue). Stitch along the template line.
Stitched_piece

5.  Trim excess (allowing for a 1/4″), fold over the fabric and press along the stitched line.
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6. This is how my block finished up.
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Let me know if you have any questions, or any trouble when trying it out. Linking up with Stephenie @Late Night Quilter for Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays.

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Swaps: Santa’s Elf and the Sleepy Hippo

I decided to participate in two swaps before Christmas, the Festive Mug Rug Swap and then the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt. It is my first time participating in a handmade project swap, but I was super excited and eagerly waited for my partner assignment.

Festive Mug Rug Swap

I immediately knew I would use my paper-piecing gift tag pattern (see on the right, free to download) for mug rug. These are the final goodies that was sent to my partner. I love this perfect fabric line for some fuzzy cutting of the Santa’s Elves (Robert Kaufman).

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Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

This one took me a while to work out, what I was going to do, but I wanted to try a new skill – sketch stitching to applique shapes. I had also been talking with my friend Daisy, about making an improv. hippo quilt with a low volume background. So, those two ideas resulted in this….

SleepyHippo_final

I added some straight line quilting to the background, then appliqued the hippo. I think the sketch stitch went pretty well and happy with the final outcome.  I love how the black and white binding to finishes off the quilt.

For the back, I used this much loved hippo fabrics (Puti de Pome, So Happy, Hippos) from my stash and added some hanging corners.SleepyHippo_back

Let me know if you are interested in the hippo template and I can provide it. Linking up with Amanda Jean over @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Festive Mug Rug Swap

For a bit of fun, I decided I would join two swaps over December. The first is the Festive Mug Rug Swap. I knew straight away that I wanted to use my free gift tag paper piecing pattern (you can find it on the right-hand side menu).

FestiveMugRug

I love making up this block. Next up some diagonal straight line quilting.

The other swap I am doing is Schnitzel and Boo’s Mini quilt swap. I have an idea for my partner but I am trying to decide on what color to go with…at least I have an idea right 🙂

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right)

Bjorn the Bear

The Norwegian word for a bear is “Bjorn”. What a perfect name for my new quilt top.

I had the great pleasure of testing this giant bear paper piecing pattern for Juliet over @ Tartankiwi. Once again she developed a wonderful pattern!!

UPDATE: Pattern is now available in Juliet’s shop on Craftsy.

BjornTheBear

Here are some more details…

Block Size: 30 x 30 ”
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabric for Bear: Umbrella Prints
Fabric for Background: Netorious in Kerchief (Cotton and Steel), Collage Texture (Carrie Bloomston), and Full Circle in Egg Shell (Eloise Renouf)

When finished this will land up being a wall hanging for my friend Daisy (over @ Ants to Sugar), who is expecting a new arrival next month!! [Daisy, feel to rename the bear for when its in its new home :-)]

On another note, but still related…..Juliet @ Tartankiwi is running a fantastic challenge with her butterfly patterns. There are prizes (oakshott cottons!!). So,  check it out, have a go with her patterns – entries are open until 31st August.

The Tartankiwi

I am submitting the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies quilt, I made with her butterfly patterns….which details can be found here.
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Just to inspire you/ challenge you all to join in….some close ups of the two bigger butterflies.

10in_Butterfly 8in_Butterfly

Linking up with a few sites to celebrate that “bear” of a finish (hahaha)…

  • Sew Cute Tuesday – Guest post by Quiltineering (see button on right)
  • Let’s bee Social  – with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (see button on right)
  • Finish it up Friday – with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

High hopes for vacation projects

I had high hopes for completing a slew of projects on this vacation. Unfortunately, they were dashed, not by the usual reasons but for running out of fabric. Can you believe that!!

Here is what I did accomplish, which definitely will put me in good stead for upcoming weeks (please excuse the photos as I did not have my usual settings or choices in the beach house we were renting).

Spoonflower Sample Quilt
This was actually the one finish I really had. I finished all 9 blocks for my Spoonflower Sample quilt. That means all my classes are prepared for the Modern Block series I am doing at Spoonflower.

Sample Quilt Blocks Complete
Just the white sashing to add and then onto finishing the whole quilt!!

“Neighbourhood” quilt
One of the designs I liked from the first week of Quilt Design a day, the Neighborhood quilt, has been sponsored by Oakshott cottons.

Oakshott-ButtonI was actually able to make a start on it yesterday, and I am already 1/2 way through making this mini quilt (32″ x 34″). The fabric colors are amazing and I am surprised at how well it sew up without too much fraying. I totally understand the love of oakshott cotton now.
Neighbourhood Quilt Row1_2

“Phased Circles” quilt
As mentioned on Wednesday, the back is almost complete but I ran out of 1 print + Kona white 2.5″ strips.
Phased Circles Back

Paper Piecing Testing
I am super excited about this pattern, I am testing. It took a little while but all pieces are cut and glued….ready to start!!
Paper Piecing Testing

It’s a wrap. That is all the progress and 1 finish I made this week. So, overall not too bad, if I do say so myself. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.